Wendy Knight, RN, BSN and Patient Care representative, is hoping to educate the community about the benefits of earlier hospice referral. She will help to dispel the myths that hospice in only for the last days of life. Hospice is meant for the last six months of life.
Hospice is a comprehensive medical program, with the emphasis of comfort, pain and symptom control when a doctor certifies that the patient has approximately six months or less to live. Hospice comes to the home or place of residence and pays for medications related to their hospice diagnoses, medical equipment, and supplies. The team of experts includes RNs, Social Worker, Chaplain, Home Health Aide, Volunteer, Hospice MD. Most importantly, besides regularly scheduled visits, the nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any urgent calls.
Medicare, Medicaid and most insurances cover hospice. The goal is to keep the patient comfortable, with improved quality of life and support for the patient and family.
Hospice also provides 13 months of bereavement services.
Join us at the Cottonwood Public Library, located at 100 S. 6th St in Cottonwood, every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1-2 PM as Wendy answers all of your questions regarding the Who, What, Where, When and Why of Hospice.